- 25 percent of dating teens report they’ve been digitally victimized by their partners. Only 9 percent seek help, and rarely from parents or teachers.
- 84 percent of digital abuse victims said they were also psychologically abused.
- 52 percent of digital abuse victims said they were also physically abused.
Your choices – like what you wear and where you go – are yours to make.It’s not cool when someone dictates how you should dress, whether they overtly tell you or use more subtle tactics like shaming or passive aggressively making comments. The same goes for the choices you make in where you go or what you choose to do. This is your life, and a partner who respects you will be happy when you live it on your terms.
Being with someone who knows your texts are for your eyes only, and is totally cool with it.
You should never feel pressured to give your partner your passwords, or access to your phone, computer, or anything private. Healthy relationships are built on trust and mutual respect, not suspicion and background checks. You should feel confident that you can hang out with friends, leave your phone unattended, or have someone post on your Facebook wall without getting the third degree!
When your S.O. knows that binge watching 3 seasons of GOT in a week doesn’t mean you love them less.
Sometimes you just need alone time. Whether alone time means tea, chocolate, Netflix, Tumblr, yoga, hiking, or anything you need to recharge, it is totally OK to take care of yourself. People in relationships support each other, and sometimes that support means giving your partner space so they can enjoy their hobbies and passions.
Having your friends and family support your relationship as much as you do!
If your friends and family tell you that your relationship isn’t healthy, you should probably listen. That means that when the people you love most in your life are as excited about your partner as you are, it is an awesome sign! It’s important not to isolate yourself with your partner and to connect with the many aspects and people in each other’s lives.
Feeling totally cool saying no, and really excited when you want to say yes!
Every relationship has different expectations, but one thing is for certain: you should only be doing things with your partner that you are 100 percent comfortable with and ready for. Intimacy can be a great part of your relationship, and it can help you connect with your partner. Healthy partners communicate often and always check in when they think you might be uncomfortable. People who love you don’t pressure you or shame you for not doing what they want.
Being with someone who will sweep you off your feet, not step on them.
Good partners recognize that they are a part of your life – not your entire life. The person you are with should encourage you and always give you the space you want and need. Even more than that, having a significant other should never mean that you have to give up relationships with your friends or family. Your partner is there to make your life even better, not take people away from it.
An S.O. who lifts you up and reminds you how awesome you are when you really need to hear it.
Being in a relationship should feel good, not anxious or stressful! Your significant other is someone you can go to for support and to help you overcome challenges you’re facing. While people in our lives push us to be the best people we can be, a partner in a healthy relationship accepts and loves you for the person you are today.
Having a safe place to vent and share your feelings
Being in a healthy relationship means having really great communication, which encompasses a lot of different things. Communicating can mean negotiating and finding mutually beneficial solutions to arguments, but it can also mean feeling comfortable sharing with your partner. So at the end of a long day, you should count of your partner to be there and listen – and vice versa!
This acronym is an easy way to remember the factors that can cause bacteria and other nasty stuff grow and thrive.
Food: The type of food will determine if it is potentially hazardous. Foods from animals and cooked grains are both considered to have high hazard potential.
Acid: Foods that are highly acidic are potentially hazardous, including lemon and lime juice, tomatoes, and vinegar.
Time and Temperature: Stay out of the Temperature Danger Zone. Bacteria love to spread between 40 F and 140 F. It's the perfect environment for them to reproduce, and they can go all day!
Oxygen: Most bacteria need oxygen to grow. That's why we wrap our food in plastic and seal containers tight. Cut off the air supply!
Moisture: Bacteria need moisture to live and reproduce. Foods that are low in moisture are less likely to hold bacteria.
Doing the dishes may not sound like a raging good time, but make it a habit to clean the dishes after your meal. It takes a little time, but it's seriously important. You do not want a sticky, dirty kitchen. Bugs and rodents love dirty kitchens, and it's much easier to wash the dishes than deal with pests. Trust me.
When hand-washing dishes, use hot water to clean the food and sticky bits from the dishes. Apply soapy water to sanitize the plate and rinse with clean, hot water. Let the dishes dry in a drying rack. Run the water as needed, and try to limit water usage.
When you use the dishwasher, make sure to rinse dishes lightly before loading them in the dishwasher, and ALWAYS wash on a full load.
Sally SanitationYou better believe there are rules in Chef Egg's kitchen. When somebody cuts up, that's when Sally Sanitation comes to life.
Everybody better wash up, and cross-contamination better not cross her!
Cleaned vs. Sanitized: If you went to a restaurant would you want your fork to be sanitized or cleaned? I know my answer. When you clean a dish, all you technically have to do is clear the funk and gunk from the surface. Sanitizing means to clear the surface of any harmful bacteria using high heat or sanitizing chemicals like bleach and dish detergent. I prefer my fork sanitized, please.
Temperature Danger Zone: Keep hot food hot (above 140° F) and cold foods cold (below 40° F). Bacteria and yucky stuff like to grow between 40°-140° F.
Cross Contamination: This is the spread of bacteria from one food or food surface to another. For example, cutting chicken on a cutting board and then cutting veggies on the same cutting board can be very dangerous.
To eliminate cross contamination, make sure you cut foods and clean surfaces in the correct order. Cut your fruits and veggies (non-hazardous foods) first, and cut raw meat last. Wash your knives, utensils, and cutting board with lots of soap and hot water after you cut raw meat, or take it one step further, and rinse with a light bleach and water solution.
After your tools are sanitized, let them air dry. Drying with a kitchen rag can increase the chance of cross contamination.